Will County Vehicle Accidents
There are many reasons that vehicle accidents happen. On this site, many fatal and non-fatal accidents have been summarized that have occurred in Will County. These accidents have involved not only car accidents, but also accidents involving trucks, motorcycles, bicycles, and pedestrians.
There are a broad range of accident injuries that can result due to vehicle accidents. The type and severity of such injuries are broad, and often are contingent upon the type of vehicle accident that has occurred.
Among those accidents in which crash injuries are the most serious in nature – and in many cases fatal – are those accidents which involve “head-on collisions.”
Reasons For “Head-On Collisions”
“Head-on collisions” usually occur when one vehicle “crosses the center line,” thus driving into an opposing lane of traffic, and colliding with an oncoming vehicle. These types of collisions are usually very physically traumatic, as the speeds at which the vehicles are driving is usually sufficiently high to cause a forceful frontal collision for both vehicles involved. Due to the strong and highly unnatural physical forces involved, vehicle occupants typically are hurt, with many suffering serious accident injuries. Many such injuries lead to the death of one or more drivers and other vehicle occupants.
General reasons why a “head-on collision” may occur include the following:
Loss of Vehicle Control
There are many reasons why a driver may lose control of the vehicle, cross the center line, and cause a collision. The “Will County Loss Of Control Accidents” page further discusses the topic. Among the reasons discussed on that page include if a vehicle hits a road hazard, like a large pothole or buckled pavement. Such a road hazard can cause a loss of control. In Illinois, one of the most common reasons for losing control of a vehicle is if icy conditions on the roadway cause the driver to lose control.
Another reason for loss of vehicle control is if the vehicle has a mechanical failure. The possible types of mechanical failures are numerous. One of the most problematic types of failures that can happen to a car or other vehicle – and one that has caused many accidents – is tire failure. This typically takes the form of a tire blowout. This rapid loss of tire pressure typically causes the vehicle to become very unstable and possibly (very) difficult to control.
Driver Impairment Because Of Drugs And/Or Alcohol
Various Will County accidents that are caused by “drunk drivers” have been summarized on this site in posts found under the “DUI” category. As discussed in those posts, there have been many accidents that have caused serious if not fatal accident injuries due to drunk driving. One type of accident that has occurred due to drunk driving is “wrong-way driving,” when a driver drives in the wrong direction on an expressway or other roadway for an extended period of time. These “wrong-way drivers” often cause “head-on collisions” due to the unexpected nature of the incidents, and the difficulty in other lawful drivers avoiding hitting the oncoming vehicle.
However, an increasing number of impaired driver accidents are being caused by those who have taken drugs before or during driving. Various aspects of this “drugged driving” is discussed on the “Vehicle Accidents Involving Drivers Under The Influence Of Drugs” page. As discussed on that page, substantial driver impairment can be caused by using a number of drugs. These drugs can be either illegal drugs or prescription drugs. Drug use before driving can be particularly dangerous if drugs are mixed, and/or alcohol is consumed along with the drug usage. This “mixed drug” use has been seen in a number of serious (and in some cases fatal) Chicago area accidents.
There have been many types of accidents caused by distracted driving. Distracted driving is further discussed on the “Distracted Driving Accidents” page.
One type of accident is when a distracted driver runs into (i.e. “rear-ends”) a vehicle in front of him due to inattentiveness. It is also possible that a distracted driver – due to inattentiveness – can drift into an opposing lane of traffic or otherwise cross the center line and cause a “head-on collision.”
Will County “Head-On Collisions”
There have been various Will County accidents involving “head-on collisions” in recent years. Here are a few of these types of crashes that have summarized on this site:
- June 30, 2017 – a fatal “head-on collision” in Minooka as discussed in the “Fatal ‘Head-On’ Collision In Unincorporated Minooka” post
- June 9, 2017 – a fatal crash in Lockport as discussed in the “Fatal ‘Head-On’ Collision In Lockport“
- January 29, 2017 – a “head-on collision” involving a “wrong-way driver” on I-80 near Minooka as seen in “I-80 Accident Involving Car Traveling In Wrong Direction“
- December 8, 2016 – a fatal crash in Frankfort described in “Fatal Two-Car Collision On Route 45 In Frankfort“
- August 27, 2016 – a fatal Custer Park crash as summarized in “Fatal Two-Vehicle Collision In Custer Park“
- June 19, 2016 – a car-motorcycle collision in Joliet as summarized in “Motorcycle Accident On River Road In Joliet“
- April 17, 2016 – a “wrong-way driver” accident in Joliet as summarized in “‘Wrong-Way Driver’ Collision In Joliet’“
- February 20, 2016 – a fatal motorcycle collision as seen in “Motorcycle Dies Following Plainfield Township Collision“
- August 9, 2015 – an accident in Plainfield as summarized in “Head-On Collision In Plainfield Injures Driver“
- May 15, 2015 – a fatal crash in Joliet as summarized in “Fatal Joliet ‘Head-On’ Collision“
- October 30, 2014 – a fatal collision in Channahon as seen in “Fatal Collision In Channahon“
- February 12, 2014 – a fatal collision in Romeoville as seen in “Head-On Collision In Romeoville, Illinois“
Accident Injuries Resulting From “Head-On” Crashes
As mentioned above, due to the typical speeds and forces involved in “head-on collisions” accident injuries are typically serious, and quite possibly life-threatening in nature. As seen in the Will County accidents mentioned above, a high percentage of such crashes end in one or more fatalities.
For those injuries that are not fatal, the severity of injuries can vary substantially. One type of injury that is highly possible is head injuries. Head injuries are very notable in many regards, and they can have significant and lasting impacts on a person’s health and livelihood. Head injuries are further discussed on the “Will County Accidents Involving Head Injuries” as well as the “Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)” pages.
What To Do If Injured In A “Head-On Collision”
There are many steps you should take if you are injured in a frontal collision, or any other vehicle accident. 10 such recommendations are summarized on the page titled “Steps To Take After An Auto Accident.”
Among these steps are those to take to protect both your health as well as your legal rights, including the ability to collect injury compensation if the accident was the fault of another person or party.
There are many reasons why a person who is injured during an accident should have a comprehensive medical evaluation. Among these reasons is that there are many injuries whose symptoms might not be readily apparent just after the accident. These injuries can be serious as well as life-threatening in nature, and may include both internal injuries (and internal bleeding) as well as traumatic brain injuries. A comprehensive medical exam can determine if there are serious injuries and what medical treatment is required.
Filing A Personal Injury Lawsuit
If the accident and injuries was the fault of another person or party, the filing of a personal injury lawsuit may be appropriate. If the accident resulted in the death of a person, relevant parties may wish to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
Often, one of the primary reasons to file such a lawsuit is to get compensation for the costs of medical treatment to treat such injuries. These medical costs can be significant, if not substantial, and vary depending upon the injuries and their severity. If the accident caused permanent injuries or other permanent disabilities, costs can increase significantly.
Another cost factor is if rehabilitation, including physical and/or occupational rehabilitation, if required.
Other types of compensation include:
- Medical costs (including past, current and future expenses)
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of function
- Lost wages
- Loss of consortium
- Other economic damages
Free Legal Consultation For Accident Injuries
To receive a free (and confidential) no-obligation legal consultation concerning your accident injuries (or if you represent a person who has died in an accident) call Tony Elman, Lead Trial Attorney of the Elman Law Group, at any time. His phone number is (773) 392-8182. He can provide you information concerning the legal situation and answer any questions that you may have. He can also provide an estimate (i.e. “how much your case is worth”) as to what amount of compensation may be awarded given the injuries and resulting overall medical situation.
Elman Law Group, of Chicago, has been handling Illinois personal injury lawsuits for over 25 years. During this time it has handled over 10,000 personal injury lawsuits. It has earned a reputation for its trial capabilities, which in many cases has led to higher accident compensation for its clients.